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UNC Wilmington
Cary (HS) • NC
6' 2" • 190LBS
Travel Team: Evoshield Canes


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06.17.16 - State Games of NC (Cary, NC) - The 5-foot-10, 160-pound middle infielder plays at a speed that matched his 6.57-second 60 on Wednesday. Offensively was very productive—highlighted by legging out a hit with a 4.18 home to first on a ground ball to shortstop. Also showed showed an ability to extend at-bats with two strikes. Defensively he flashed his above average arm and athleticism on multiple plays.

5/10/19: Six-foot-2, 190 pounds. Lean, athletic frame that will continue to add strength. Biggest tool is the athleticism. Quickness shows up consistently on defense, offense, and on the bases. Switch hitter has a similar setup from both the left and right side, balanced, quiet, and with a flat bat head at launch. Limited pre-pitch rhythm. Leg kick loads the body. Medium to aggressive stride. Heavy on the front side with head drifting at times. Lacks load in the hands. Ultra-quick hands. Elite bat speed with average feel for the barrel, working to be direct and flat through contact. Hand speed and hand strength lead to extra base hits. Potentially more power from right side. Better contact rate from left side. Still raw on the bases with reads, but his speed still allows for success. Very quick acceleration and easy effort out of the box and going 1st to 3rd. Gains exceptional ground with every stride. Defensively made all the plays at shortstop. Hands are soft but tend to stop at the catch prior to funneling to an exchange point. Much better rhythm with the hands and feet on athletic plays on the move. Short arm action with a high-3/4 release. Easy carry and accurate. Has the ability to complete athletic plays off platform throwing from multiple angles with accuracy. 1st step and acceleration on pop-ups in the shallow outfield is exceptional. Should a move to the OF be necessary at some point, Jones has the chance to be an above average defender in the outfield. With the gains made in 2 years of college and his athleticism, Jones is a low risk draft with several ways to advance through an organization. He should get the chance to stick at shortstop, and has the tools in place to get to top levels as an infielder. Jones projects as a Top 2 round draft pick that should have a chance to stick in the big leagues as an every day player. (B Hall)

8/1/18A quick twitch, middle of the diamond prospect with elite athleticism, Jones has the talent that scouts crave. Showed a plus arm at shortstop. Well above average runner; 3.98 and 4.07 from the right side. Has an extra gear running first to third and accelerates when he slides, showing superior body control. During batting practice, Jones has a balanced approach and a smooth, line drive swing with bat speed from both sides. His left-handed BP swing is especially polished with even more bat control than the right side. However, his swing changes during the game. Gets jumpy, drifts and carries his hands creating holes in his swing and susceptibility to strikeouts. Time will tell, but strength gains, maturity and just more experience will likely improve his offensive shortcomings. Jones is the type of athlete that MLB clubs drool over to get into their development systems. As a draft-eligible sophomore this June, expect him to be highly considered on just his athleticism and tools alone. (Seifert)

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